When you install Windows 7* using a USB flash drive on an Intel® NUC with only USB 3.0 ports, you're unable to proceed past the Language Select screen. The USB keyboard and mouse don't respond, so you're unable to select your preferred language.
Recently I stumbled upon an interesting problem. The question was, how to manage a Windows 7 install on an Intel NUC system with USB 3.0. This is causing issues, because Windows 7 doesn't provides USB 3.0 support during setup.
The user wrote, that those Intel NUCs comes with four USB 3.0 ports. After installing Windows 7, USB 3.0 controller driver is missing, so none of the USB 3.0 ports are working. So he wasn't able to use an USB keyboard and mouse to fix this issue.
Although the Intel NUC Skull Canyon (NUC6i7KYK) is officially compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit), you will soon realize that its installation will not be so simple.Indeed, the Intel NUC Skull Canyon has only USB 3.0 ports and since Windows 7 does not natively support USB 3.0, installation will be impossible from the original DVD of Windows 7.
Then, you should also know that the Intel NUC Skull Canyon supports SSD in M.2 format, but also NVMe SSDs.If you are using a M.2 SSD, it will be recognized by the Windows 7 installation wizard. But if you choose an NVMe SSD, the Windows 7 installation wizard will not detect it.You will not be able to install Windows 7 without the following solution.
IMPORTANT : on the Intel website, this mini PC is officially compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and Server 2012.But after trying to install the Windows 7 x64 drivers of this mini-PC, the Bluetooth driver provided by Intel asked us to first install the SP1 of Windows 7.
I would like to add I even tried using the internal USB 2 ports, with the keyboard./mouse, with the install USB key and keyboard / mouse, same as USB 3 ports, work fine until Windows boots. So if anyone is thinking they can bypass the problem using the internal ports, think again.
Check the properties of the driver in question. My installation failed with error 5 until I went through and changed the driver files from read only and then unblocked all of them. After that it successfully installed them.
Firstly thank you Olli for your post. I have followed all your instructions verbatim but I still cannot get the Intel USB3 drivers to install (error: 5). I tried installing an earlier USB3 driver file and it installed fine (which indicates that the install procedure is correct) but of course the current NUC board does not work with that earlier driver. Does anyone have a link to a driver that does actually install and work??? I cannot locate (Intel USB 3.0 ER 188.8.131.52 Win7) that Steve referred to.
I went different route and put hard drive in a laptop and installed windows 7 rebooted and named pc & gave it a username and password.. The installed nic drivers as it will not let me install the usb3 drivers on the laptop. Turned on remote desktop on nuc then connected with my pc and installed usb 3 drivers and then keyboard and mouse worked so installed other drivers.
Thanks for the information. I was able to use these instructions to load windows 7 on my NUC5ppyh. I then upgraded to windows 10 without any difficulty. I can only use legacy boot mode at this point, as the ssd is not recognized under UEFI. Is there any advantage to using UEFI over legacy boot mode (Faster booting?) Is there any way to get the drive recognized as a UEFI bootable device?
Thank you so much, I have succeeded install win 7 with this step at my intel nuc5CPYH, this unit doesnt have any usb2.0, all usb port is usb 3.0. Just follow the step like it has written, dont change anything.
But for step 5 to 21, do it on your own computer (not intel nuc) just as described on folder c:/wim, you can copy boot.wim and install.wim from your usb drive that already have all source of win 7 installation. This step sequence from step 5 to 21 will blend usb 3 driver into boot.wim and install.wim so you can use it later on usb drive.
After Step 21 is done, the result will be new update of boot.wim and install.win which already has usb 3 driver, copy these files from c:/win to your usb drive and its ready to be used for installation at intel nuc.
After some unfortunate attempts with a multiple installer cd , a fresh win copy downloaded using windows downoad tool , cmd & intel integration tool using a win 10 laptop , after having all the problems mentioned by all of you, I downloaded a new official win 7 pro 64 bit iso , created a usb bootable drive using rufus 2.5 , and integrated the drivers using the intel tool ,all this in a win 7 home 64 bit pc.
First encoutered the problem that there was no keyboard/mouse at all during Windows setup.After that I found the windows 7 usb creator utility by Intel and made those changes to the install en boot.wim. Now I get to install Windows, but then setup needs to reboot my computer to complete the installation and keyboard mouse are gone again by the time I need to enter Computer Name etc.I also tried to add the drivers again with the DSIM commands, but to no use so far.
I got that when I was doing a fresh install on my wifes laptop the other day. It was with an older windows 7 ISO that had worked previously. In frustration, I gave up trying to use that installer and I ended up using the ISO (professional) posted in this post, and deleted the ei.cfg so I can choose the edition on installation (home premium).
Hi,I find this tuto very easy to follow.Unfortunately I did not see it first and with the one I followed before I got stuck like a number on people at the entering name stage.So I did recreate the key following this tuto and everything got well.However I cannot install W7 Professional from the key newly configured as the NUC5PPYH does not let me anymore go in the Bios. Neither F10 nor F2 nor even F7 works.The NUC goes directly to the step where Windows requires a computer name to be set. And it goes back over and over again saying that Windows did not start correctly.Any idea how to solve this issue ?Jacques
Don Grose: There is a ESD -> WIM converter tool available ( -es-wim-converter.html). My idea is to convert install.esd to wim format, copy it back to the usb, rerun the Intel USB utility, and then convert back to esd (not sure if this is needed, maybe the windows installation will chose install.wim if install.esd does not exist).
Just a quick message to thank you so much for this procedure: I was locked with no keyboard/mouse during the second phase of Windows Intallation: The Intel Tool loading USB3 drivers was giving access to mouse/keyboard during the first launching phase of w7 installation but after the reboot I was loosing keyb/mouse to type in computer name/user name and password.By following up your procedure step by step, the problem is definitely solved for me: SO A BIG THANK YOU
I have a Windows 7 32 / 64 bit ISO free download file from -7-professional-32-64-bit-iso-free-download/ and also Yummi Bootable from the same site, which will help you to install windows using USB flash.
I bought a NUC6i3SYH, Samsung 850 ssd and 4gb Kingston Ram. I can get windows 7 installed but i get stuck at the screen to select a username and password, my wireless keyboard and mouse cease to work and also my wired usb keyboard does not work.
I want to install win7 from my usb2 external drive. I am aware that i need to integrate the usb3 drivers into the windows install files on the usb drive. The Microsoft usb download tool does not recognise my usb drive. Rufus fails too but i read it could be a corrupt iso, i can use Rufus it to just format the drive ok but when i try to copy the image to the usb drive with Rufus it fails. The win7 image i have does have a load of updates integrated so it may well be a problem with the iso.
I got win7 installed by making my usb drive bootable using the command prompt. I disabled UEFI boot mode. I used the Intel usb tool which integrates the usb 3 drivers with your win7 install files on the usb drive. It must work because i installed win7 up to a point but the usb devices stopped working when it comes to the screen to enter a username and password. I found a post on the NUC forum and there is a bit where someone says the Intel usb tool does not work with my model of NUC6.
I have got round this problem. I formatted the drive and extracted the win7 iso files to the usb drive, i then installed win7 to the NUC, i got the same problem again, this time i removed the Samsung ssd and put it in my laptop which has a 5th gen i7 cpu, anyway i was able to use the keyboard and trackpad and install the Intel usb3 drivers, i refitted the drive into the NUC and when i started windows the usb mouse and keybard now work. Not an ideal solution but it worked.
I cant say for sure but i read someone on here posting that the USB 3.0 Creator Utility does not work with NUC6 models, is that why you suggested using windows 8.1? I dont have access to windows 8.1 anyway.
As i already posted, i plugged the hard drive into my laptop and finished the setting up stage of windows 7 by getting past the 'create username and password screen' , installing the usb 3 drivers, installing the hard drive back to the NUC and it worked just fine. I had done all this before you posted as i could not find a solution.
I use the above command to load in the Dell CAD WinPE drivers into a boot.wim for WinPE booting. The problem with the Intel NUC drivers is a lot of them are in compressed .exe files that don't support dism loading. It takes some time to unpack all of these inf files through some time tricky means to get a complete unattended install.
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